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18. (1) All members of a police force shall in accordance with the directions of the chief constable have their fingerprints taken.
(2) Fingerprints of members of a police force taken in accordance with paragraph (1) shall be kept separate from the fingerprints of persons whose fingerprints have been taken otherwise than in accordance with that paragraph.
(3) The fingerprints of a member of a police force taken in accordance with paragraph (1) and all copies and records thereof shall be destroyed on that member ceasing to be a member of that force, except that, where that member becomes a member of another force, that member’s fingerprints and all copies and records thereof shall be transferred to the chief constable of that other police force.
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